OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works ("MMK" or “the Company”) produced 36,500 tonnes of polymer-coated steel at its two polymer coating plants in January 2015 – an all-time record for monthly output in MMK’s history. The previous monthly record of 36,200 tonnes was set in May 2014.
The second polymer coating plant also set a record, producing 17,700 tonnes of metal in January 2015, exceeding the previous record of 17,500 tonnes, which was set in December 2014.
MMK started producing colour-coated steel in 2004, when the first plant, designed by Voest-Alpine, was commissioned. The plant has an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes, and covers cold-rolled sheet or galvanised steel with layers of plastisol, polyvinylidene fluoride and polyester.
The second polymer coating plant, also with an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes, was commissioned in 2009, thus doubling MMK’s production capacity for colour-coated metal. The equipment was supplied by Italy’s FATA HUNTER. The new plant includes hot and cold laminators and can produce metal with texturised polymer coatings. The new plant’s blast furnace design makes it possible to produce metal for the “white goods” – home appliances such as fridges, washing machines, etc.
Coated steel is highly resistant to corrosion, and boasts advanced consumer properties. The key markets for coated metal include the construction industry and home appliances manufacturing.